I know I comment on UTI posts all the time, I know I post them frequently. I know you’re going to tell me to go to the doc, or at the very least do watchful waiting. But I have anxiety about basically everything, and would really appreciate some soothing words.
I have a 22 mo Mirena IUD, and over the last few months have noticed nearly biweekly cramping, as if I get ovulation AND period cramps. They’re pretty intense, to the point that I do take cramp bark or ibuprofen all day in order to get rid of them for the day or so they’re present.
I’m afraid my cramps and peeing mean a UTI rather than IUD and drinking lots of water:
1. The cramps aren’t alleviated by cramp bark, only ibuprofen, even though the pain is right about where my menstrual cramps always are, not where my bladder pain tends to be located.
2. I pee every hour or so, and the last few times have been with only a few tablespoons of fluid.
3. I had PIV sex last night (entirely girl on top, which probably has more grinding than usual).
4. I didn’t go pee immediately after sex, but I’m pretty sure I went within 10 minutes. I also rinsed off my vulva with sodden TP and took my usual cranberry and mannose-d pills.
There is no pain when I pee, or afterwards. No spasming, sense of urgency, or even a yeast infection burning sensation. I am feeling nauseous, but that could be because I’ve had lots of Easter candy and only had a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner.
I’m going to keep drinking water, take a few more cranberry pills, and take some uva ursi drops. Do you think I should start figuring out how to get myself to a minute clinic tomorrow? (I have a rare window during work, but no car.) I’m at the point where I’m noticing every twinge of a sore back, every nerve ending in my abdomen and going OH GOD KIDNEYS.
Sidenote: I wish there existed a smartphone app that monitored the shaking of your bed (like the SleepCycle alarm clock) and then alerted you some user-set window afterwards. You know, waiting for the bed to stop rocking and then remind you to pee.